In spite of the rain on the previous day, the
weather turned out to be perfect for the tour. The guest this time was a jovial young lady
from Malaysia. She was energetic as well. Arriving at Japan early in the morning on
the day and after checking in at the Hotel in Asakusa, coming straight to Takaosanguchi
Station to meet us.
She arrived at the station much earlier
than the time we had mutually arranged and thanks to her timely contact with
us, we could start the tour around 10:00am, 30minutes earlier than the original
The tour started at the statues of “Osoji
Kozo” (Sweeper Boy) and Giant Flying Squirrel in front of cable car’s Kiyotaki Station,
then we took the cable car up to Mt.Takao Station (the upper station). As it was a weekday, visitors were not so
many as we had been worried, making it unnecessary for us to que for the cable
car for long time.
Our first visit was to Beer Mount (a beer garden
near Mt.Takao station). It is not that we wanted beer but that it
is one of the best look out point at Mt.Takao. (to prove our innocence, I have
to tell you that Beer Mount is operational only in summer season). From the
terrace at Beer Mount, we enjoyed a panoramic view of Shinjuku and other Tokyo metropolitan
area (though the Sky Tree was in a haze), as well as nearby mountains and
Then we took the Trail No.1, covering
Monkey Park (we didn’t get in, though), Takosugi (Octopus Cedar Tree), Vegetation
Cover of Mt.Takao, Johinmon Gate.
We were lucky that the guest could read and
understand the writings on the tablet and board hung on the Gate, which made
our job as a guide much easier. We kept going on the Trail No.1 to Yakuoin
Temple via Otokozaka (Men’s slope with 108 step stairs), visiting Yukien on the
way, where we enjoyed reddening leaves of maple trees.
Before visiting the main hall of Yakuoin
Temple, we visited Eight Dragon Kings Hall (Eight Dragon Kings are believed to
multiply your money if you put your money in the basket and wash it in the
water there) and Kulikara-do Hall (Dragon King Kulikara is enshrined there, who
is considered to be the god of match making).
Guess which the young lady guest were more
interested in. See the photo for the answer!
We made it to the top of the mountain where
Mt.Fuji welcomed us. After lunch there, we started climbing
down, taking Trail No.4 to cross the famous suspension bridge, which, with the
background of red and yellow leaves, is a photographer’s favorite spot.
We went down the mountain by chair lift,
enjoying the splendor of the mountain and city view in autumn color. As mentioned at the beginning, today’s
guest is young and energetic, so the tour didn’t end there. We then walked
15minutes or so to “Komagino Garden”, where a pre-war modern Japanese traditional
private house with traditional Japanese style garden are exhibited together
with the exhibition of well taken care of Bonsai trees.
Inside the house, they serves drinks
(coffee, tea, juice etc.,) and sweets to visitors and our guest was so kind as
to offer us, guides, a cup of coffee, which we accepted with thanks. We walked
to the nearby railway station (Takao Station) and we bid each other a good-bye
All of us, the guest and we, the guides, had
a really good time and we hope her visit to Mt.Takao will be a part of her
happy memory of her stay in Japan this time.